County Kerry

Kenmare

Kenmare is at the northernmost point of the Ring of Beara, or the southernmost point of the Ring of Kerry, the next peninsula north. 


This is the view from my window at the Tara Farm B&B I stayed in - thatís Beara in the background.

The village of Kenmare is a good base for a few night, with colorful 
shops and buildings and good restaurants. 

Killarney


The lakes of Killarney National Park

Loch Leane in Killarney National Park

     Ross Castle in Killarney National Park

Muckross House is the centerpiece of Killarney National Park
Queen Victoria stayed here while it was a private residence.

A horse-drawn jaunting car at Muckross House

Muckross House has a huge rhododendron garden

Muckross Farm contains a number of restored farm buildings and working farms

Farmhouse - with a barrow full of turf (peat) for the fire

Baking in the farmhouse fireplace

Dingle

Dingle is the next peninsula north of the Ring of Kerry. Like Beara, the roads are too narrow for most buses, so the area is less visited by large tour groups.  I think Dingle is one of my favorite areas in Ireland, a combination of ancient archeological sites, sand beaches, sea views and friendly people. 

Connor Pass


In this part of Ireland you can really see the "forty shades of green". Contrasted with blue sea and sky and black-and-white cows, it's a photographer's paradise. 

The "Sleeping Giant" - Inishtooskert - an island off the tip of Dingle. If you've seen Ryan's Daughter, the island appears on the horizon in many scenes from Robert Michum's schoolhouse. 

The Gallarus Oratory - a dry-stone church dating from around the year 800. Itís built without mortar, in the form of an overturned boat, and itís still dry inside after 1200 years.

Dingle Town - "An Daingean" is its official name, now, because this part of Ireland is part of the Gaeltacht, the Irish-speaking part of the country. Not to worry, everyone speaks English, too. 

The Slea Head Drive around the western end of Dingle
The "Famine Fields" stretch up the hills - they haven't been farmed since the Famine of the 1840's 

South Shore of Dingle Peninsula

Tim Collins leads archeological tours of Dingle. Here, he's standing next to some Ogham (pronounced "oh-ham") Stones. The notches on the edge of the stones are writing. 

Fifth century standing stone at Reask Monastic Site
The original circle design represented the sun. The cross was later added to turn the pagan symbol into a Christian one. 

The Lispole Viaduct on the abandoned Tralee and Dingle Railway

Reask Monastic Site is bisected by a stone wall, separating sacred from everyday precincts

Connor Pass is the northern scenic way into Dingle Town - with a single lane cut into the side of the cliff, it's not for trucks or the faint of heart. 

Uphill traffic has the right of way through Connor Pass - when uphill and downhill cars meet, the downhill cars are supposed to back up into a passing place to let the uphill traffic pass. 

Once you get to the top, the view from the Pass is spectacular

Dunbeg Stone Fort

Ventry Beach

Beehive Hut - home to monks or hermits, or maybe shelters for pilgrims, thousands of years ago

Inside a beehive hut

Dunquin Beach
The scene in Ryan's Daughter with the villagers moving rifles from a wrecked boat in a storm was filmed here

Dunquin Beach rocks

Dunquin Beach surf

Inishtooskert from Clogher Strand

Dingle harbor

Minard Castle near Lispole

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